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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...

May

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 22: Olly Styles (saxophone): Stage 2 recital @ The Music Sudios, Newcastle University. 10:00am. Free, all welcome.
Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, December 13, 2019

CD Review: Robin Phillips - RE-VERSƎD

Robin Phillips (vocal/piano); Jihad Darwish (bass); Seb De Krom (drums); Sammy Mayne (alto sax); Brandon Allen (tenor sax).
(Review by Lance)

Having recently heard Michael Bublé and Jason Isaacs live and listened to Harry Connick Jr.'s latest album, Robin Phillips had it all to do - this was put up or shut up time. He didn't shut up - he put up!

As soon as I heard a sample I knew this was worth checking out. Not least because of Phillips' conception of including some lesser known verses of better known GASbook songs and working them back into the song rather than leaving them adrift after the initial 16/32 bars. It worked!

Imagine the aforementioned Connick Jr., the late Peter Skellern and, most significantly, Harry Nillson. All have left an influence but only a slight one. Phillips is his own man and, with a piano style that makes him a rated one, plus a voice that is more than just that of a contemporary crooner, it isn't surprising that he is in demand across the clubs and bars of our capital city.

Not many crooners - even the great and the good - had guys like Mayne and Allen, De Krom and Darwish goosing them along and the horn solos are the perfect icing to enhance the cake.

The ultimate beauty, however, is the discovery of how much more these, oft dismissed, verses added to the meaning of the song - in a sense it's like finding an extra movement to a symphony or an additional verse to a classic poem.

How's about playing the verse at your Xmas party and asking your guests to guess the tune? As a bonus you could then ask them to guess the singer. They won't but, you can bet your life they will next Xmas! - the world will (fingers crossed!)

The CD player is now in repeat mode...
Lance.
Time After Time; Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most; It Had to be You; As Time Goes By; These Foolish Things; On Green Dolphin Street; They Can't Take That Away From Me; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; Don't Blame Me.

1 comment :

Liz said...

Many years ago I was on live Radio with Pete Murray, it was a lunch time show, they played the verse, and the listener had to carry on singing the chorus. I was unfortunate to get "One Alone" I knew it, and won a Beatles LP, but my big prob was singing this chorus in a key to suit my voice ( I think it was John Hanson) what a laugh, anyway I enjoyed it, and had a lovely chat with Pete. Yes, agree the verse is everything!

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